French authorities have ruled out terrorism as a motive for the van attack, despite reports the driver shouted “Allahu akbar” as he piloted the white Fiat van into crowds of people doing last minute Christmas shopping. Hours later police arrested a man reportedly “armed to the teeth” on Tuesday morning.He should still be crippled in the legs, since that'll make him less of a threat physically. The authorities are now going to have to do some serious thinking and put the country on higher security alerts.
Despite the similarities to an almost identical motor-attack that occurred less than 24-hours before in the French city of Dijon, the local prosecutor speaking in the wake of this latest event said “We cannot speak of a terrorist act”, saying evidence suggests it was an “isolated case”.
British newspaper The Times reports a number of reliable sources, including a police officer, witnessed the driver of the white van attack in Nantes shouting “Allahu akbar” as he drove into people. The phrase is Arabic and translates as ‘God is Great’.
It is reported the ram-attack specifically targeted a chalet serving mulled wine. After his vehicle came to a rest and he had injured eleven bystanders, five seriously, the driver began to stab himself repeatedly in an apparent, unsuccessful, suicide bid. He is now in police custody.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
THIRD TERRORIST ATTACK IN FRANCE IN JUST A FEW DAYS
Once again, however, the authorities are acting weakly in what they call it this newest terrible incident in Nantes where a jihadist ran people over with an old Fiat Scudo:
Posted by Avi Green at 3:52 PM